Everything about Treasa Levasseur, and the songs she writes, is as true as a carpenter’s rule. There are plenty of singers who plumb the depths of personal experience, but few have Levasseur’s sense of humour, or her sharp eye for detail. Treasa plays almost any style imaginable from folk, blues and country to sunshine pop, heavy metal and hip-hop, and she is a multi-instrumentalist as well, playing piano, accordion, guitar and mandolin.
An in-demand musician and versatile session vocalist, Treasa has worked with such varied acts as the Robber Who Robbed the Town, Rhymestone, Pan Con Queso, House of Velvet, and Lab Cap and the Monkey Mob, among others. Under the alias Slim, she released an EP, Me and the Boys, in 2002. She went with her own name for the self-released Not a Straight Line.
The passion and fire of her first album, Not a Straight Line, has been applied to even better songs on her second and latest recording, Low Fidelity. The sophomore album is a collection of personal songs and stories, but it’s never mawkish or sentimental.
Levasseur plays piano, accordion, guitar and mandolin. In May 2008, she won CBC Radio’s “Ultimate Sideman Showdown” with her trusty accordion and charming stage presence. Heavily influenced by such soulful artists as Mavis Staples, Carole King and Annie Lennox, she remains musically versatile and has played everything from heavy metal to hip-hop, country, sugary pop, and thoughtful folk music. Since first visiting the South in 2006, she’s begun to draw more of her inspiration from classic old-school soul.
Above all, Levasseur has a passion for making music. She simply wants to play — and, in addition to her own career, she makes the time to play with at least three other bands regularly in her longtime hometown of Toronto.
We’re excited to welcome Treasa to MusicFest, as the director of the new MusicFest (everyone welcome) Choir and as Host of a wonderfully fun new session which we have borrowed after we saw it at Owen Sound’s Summerfolk Festival (thanks to their A.D. James Keelaghan) called Songs From A Hat. This is where the audience and on stage performers are pitted against each other to sing a bunch of songs. Anything can, and likely will, happen!